"I don't honestly know if we could do that," Winchester said. "One thing I do know is the relationship grows on the fact that they respect each other immensely and that they know each other is damn good at their job."
SVU showrunner Warren Leight reveals that had this been the show’s final season, he would’ve approached Chris Meloni about bringing Stabler back. BUT IT'S RENEWED, SORRY MELONI. Article by Michael Ausiello for TVLine, 3 Feb 2016.